California lawmakers pass higher clean energy goal

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29 (Reuters) – California lawmakers on
Tuesday voted to raise the state’s renewable energy goals,
passing a bill that would require a third of electricity to
come from sources such as solar and wind by 2020.

Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said whether he
will sign the bill, which was passed by the state Assembly 55
to 19 on Tuesday. The state Senate had already passed the clean
energy target, which will apply to all power providers.

State regulators implementing California’s 2006 climate
change law already had set a 33 percent renewables goal, but
the law strengthens the target considerably. The target could
have been put on hold by the governor, for instance, under the
2006 climate change law.
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(Reporting by Marianne Russ in Sacramento, writing by Peter
Henderson; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

California lawmakers pass higher clean energy goal